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oT79 20 PAGES Associated Press ~~ WAYNESVILLE. N. C.. THURSDAY AFTERNOON. SEPT. $3.60 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
hchanan Says Engineers Have All Road Facts
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I Supreme Court has
(e Central Elementary
Irtv belongs to the
U of Education. The
landed down Wednes
|th others which were
lent weeks before the
led in the decisions
[ was one setting a
(or Burrell Warren,
(shooting his son. The
llace in the Thickety
(new trial was based
|e to the jury in the
| property, estimated
| $40,000, has been a
(issue since the 1953
(mbh enacted a fow
led that the block
(of property should go
( of Waynesville and
pary a/ter the county
Ig the property for
pes The new Central
(ool, built about two
(was put into use in
(953. the terms of the
(mbly bill were car
I the appointment of
( for the school prop
re authorized and or
|e Legislative enact
rute a deed to the
prary for the proper
ly Board, through
h, W. R. Francis, and
(Jr., entered suit for
| tn November. 1954.
| heard by Judge Dan
(the January term of
(me Court?Page 3)
I annual Pigeon Val
I Bethel School next
?end over five days,
1:30 p.m. Wednesday
Inity religious service
I auditorium and end
I Sunday with a com
llso at the auditorium,
rsday will be judging
I home exhibits, and
I Pigeon Valley Fair
la pet show will be
land a livestock show
I That afternoon at
Bel Blur Demon foot
ill meet the strong
* Bearcats, defend
?c Conference cham
fents will feature a
110 a.m. and a horse
|> including livestock,
lal 7 p.m. Thursday.
ir the livestock show
P in that morning by
? general superinten
wng Closet Now Bare
[othing For Children;
[light Drive Is Tuesday
able to fill frequent requests for
children's clothing, the Wayrtes
ville lodge of the Loyal Order of
Moose will conduct a porchlight
clothing drive next Tuesday, start
ing at 7 p.m.
-Although adult's clothing will be
accepted, members of the Moose
I will make a special effort to col
lect shoes, jackets, pants, shirts,
dresses, and underclothing to out
fit underprivileged youngsters be
fore the arrival of cold weather.
Mrs. Roger Walker, president of
ilie Clothing Closet, has urged
Waynesville area residents to con
tribute money if they have no
Nothing to donate. Money given
will b? used to purchase socks and
underwear, which are seldom con
tributed during clothing drives,
Items of wearing apparel for the
Clothing Closet may be left at any
time at the Waynesville Fire De
partment or ml the Marcus Electric
Co. at Hare!wood
Awards Central School To County
United Fund Budget, 25 Agencies Approved
TIUS IS THE ORIGINAL Jacob Shook House
that he first built and lived in about 1716. It has
been preserved by renewing: the foundation with
cement blocks, reflooring, and weather-boarding
over the logs. The chimney is seven feet wdde and
? .. ... ... I
the fire place over five feet wide. The old house
shows a touch of modernism with a TV antenna.
This house is about a half mile from the other
Shook House with the "Bishop Asbury Room".
Timely Song Title
Found In Wreck
As Cpl. Pritchard Smith of the
highway patrol began an in
vestigation of the wreckage of
a 1949 Ford, that left the Rac
coon Road last Thursday night,
a piece of music caught his eye.
He carefully pulled the sheet
from the twisted wrecked car
of Robert B. Cody of RatclifTe
i Cove. He blinked his eyes twice
at the title of the song. ..It was:
"The Wreck of the Old 97."
?the song, you recall, is about
a train going 90 miles an hour
just before the wreck.
Cody was charged with going
85 miles an hour just before he
Reinertsons To Buy
More Ponies For Herd
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Reinertson and
Harry Reese left here this week by
air to visit po.ny markets in Macon
and Kansas City, Mo., and Des
The Reinertsons plan to pur
chase about 30 ponies if that many
animals of sufficient worth can be
obtained on the Midwest markets.
They now have 68 ponies on their
Rocky Knob Farm on the Eagle's
Nest Road, which is one of the
largest pony farms in the South.
They will be gone about 10 days.
Stanford Massie left yesterday
to resume his studies at Duke Uni
versity where he is a member of
the senior class.
Medford Uncovers Records
Of Original Shook House
Gets Hound Back
Thomas Gibson, blind World
War II veteran, had a bear
hound stolen from him just be
fore he could deliver it to a man
who had bought the dog and was
leaving soon for Florida.
Sheriff Fred Campbell, and
his staff, started in on the case.
They traced the dog from Hay
wood to Davidson, Route 3, near
Charlotte, and then back to
Little East Fork. . There they
fouhd the hound.
One man /was bound over to
court under bond in the case, and
j Gibson got his prize bear hound
back, after it had traveled over
Might Close At
Postmaster Enos Boyd said he
was making a study of the possibil
ity of closing the lobby windows of
the Post Office here each Wednes
day at noon, the same schedule as
"We are checking the plan, since
, it would mean a better work week
(for the emplovees who now have a
staggering schedule throughout the
week," he said *
The post office will continue to
close at one Saturday.
Postmaster Boyd said that during
holidays when the stores remain
open on Wednesday afternoons,
that it would be his plan to keep
the post office open. The plan, if
inaugurated, would be about Octo
The post office department has
already given approval for closing
at noon Wednesdays. This would
not affect dispatching of mail, nor
service to box holders.
Kids Day Here
A free movie at 10 a.m. Satur
day at the Strand for children of
this area will mark the Waynes
?viile Kiwanis Club's observance
of Kiwanis International's annual
Kids Day program.
Following the picture, free ice
rrcam will be served by the Bilt
The Kiwanis Club members also
: will sell roasted p.-anuts on Main
Street to raise money for th< or
: sanitation's youth program ?
py W. C. MEDFORD
NOTE: In this series-of articles
the writer has planned to give a
?'write-up" of Clyde Township, but
which will pertain mostly to the
Town of C'yde, In those historical
sketches one will find hitherto
unpublished facts about the com
munity, with re-productions of
rare old pictures. These pictures
?as well as some of the data) has |
heen made available through the
hearty cooperation of several citi- I
zins of Clyde. We might mention,
especially, Walter and John
Smathcrs. Amos Medford, W. G.
Byers, Ceph Shook, Charlie Kil
lian, Devoc Medford, Mrs. Mary
Morgan, J. R. Morgan of Waynes
ville and Mrs. Joyce Ha.vnes.
In the earliest records this sec- !
tion (now Clyde) was referred to
rimply as "Shooks". Then the des
ignation was changed to "Lower
| Pigeon" (to distinguish it from
t Upper Pigeon precinct > and thus
i it was known for many years, or
1 until 1877 when it become Clyde
i township. The name "Shooks" was
for Jacob Shook, who settled there
as early as 1786. This section was
then (as was all the rest of this
county) nothing but a wilderness.
We find from the Record of
' Deeds of Buncombe County, that. 1
on August 20th, 1799. Jacob Shook
bought from John Strother a tract
| oi land containing 130 acres, and
; on October 2nd, another tract of
330 acres. The consideration stated
i was $23.00 for the first and $T$.00
i for the second tract, or $100 for '
(he 450 acres.
It is mentioned as "being part of ;
a tract originally granted to David I
Allison." (The huge Allison grant :
I (See Shook?Page 1, Sec. 3>
The local United Fund board of
directors have formally approved
a budget of $38,841.60 for 25 agen
cies in the first united campaign
for this end of Haywood. The
directors also set October 10 to
24 for the campaign dates.
Dave Pelmet, campaign chair
man. named the division chairman
and co-chairman in some cases, of
the nine divisions of the campaign.
He said they were as follows:
Advance gifts. Mrs. BUI Prevost.
Industry, Joe S. Davis and Char
Commercial (business district)
Fuel Tayloi and Lonnie L. Lyda.
Professional, Dr. Jack Dickerson.
Public employees, Mrs. Fred
Residential, H.ve Sheptowitch
and Robert Winchester.
Rural and C.D.P., M. R. Whiseu
Colored area, Henry Tuttle.
Schools. M. H. Bowles.
The list of agencies and chari- ,
ties participating in the fund rang- !
es from $8,000 for polio to $9.10
for National Travelers Aid.
"The budget committee has done
a wonderful job of studying the
needs, and working out such a fair
ratio and coprchensive program."
Dr. J. F,. Fender, president told the
directors, after Paul Davis, chair
man of the budget and admissions
committee presented his report.
The list of agencies to share in
the United Fund proceeds include
Boy Scouts,-Gil l Scouts. Polio. Red
Cross, Clothes Closet. WTHS Band.
Christmas Cheer Fund. Health and
Welfare and Sight Conservation,
for both Waynesville and Hazel
wood Lions, Crippled Children.
Women's Club Christmas Tree for
needy. Cerebral Palsey, Physically
Handicapped group. U.S.O.. Ameri
can Social Hygiene. National
Traveler's Aid. United Seaman's
Service, the Children's Home So
ciety of North Carolina, and Caro
Dr. Fender said a full explana
tion of each of the 25 funds, will
be given before the campaign
The president said four agencies
had elected not to participate in
the campaign, and include: T. B.
Seal Sale. Heart Association.
Cancer Association and the Salva
Budget Chairman Paul Davis
said he understood none of the
four took part in the campaigns in
Canton, and other nearby places
having the United Fund plan in
An office has been set for the
campaign in the former Health
office in the court house, with Mrs.
Raymond Caldwell in charge.
Danger Of Fire
At Critical Stage
The past three weeks of drought
and drying winds have made a
dangerous fire situation in the for
ests of Western North Carolina, ac
cording to U. S. Forest Ranger E.
G. Ellenberg of Hot Springs.
A number of small woods fires
caused by brush burning getting
out of control have already been
(See Ranger?Page 3)
Slate Court Awards Widow
Of D. C. Jenkins tt.OOO
In a decision just handed down .
by the North Carolina Industrial i
J Commission. Mrs. Mary Buth Jen- '
kins, widow, and administratrix of
the estate of D. C. Jenkins, was
awarded damages in the amount of
'$8,000 against the North Carolina
Department of Motor Vehicles for
the death of her husband.
The case gren out of the fatal
shooting of Jenkins on June 13.
1953, by Joe E. Murrill. a m-mber
of the Nor.n Carolina State High
way Patrol, at the Kock Mil!
School, about eight miles from
Waynesville. The case was lieard
In Waynesville on last June 20. be
fore Hugh M. Currin. Deputy Com
missioner of the Industrial Com
At the July 1953 term of the
Superior Court of Haywood Coun
ty, Patrolman Murrill was indicte I
and tried for manslaughter. At the
conclusion of the State's evidence.
Judge T. Donald Phillips, who pre
sided at that term, sustained the
motion of the defendant for judg
ment of non-suit.
Thereafter, Mrs. Jenkins was ap
pointed administratrix of her hus
band's estate and instituted a pro
ceeding under the State Tort
Claims Act for . damages for his
deajh. That Act, which was passed
by the General Assembly of 1951.
constitutes the North Carolina In
dustrial Commission a court for
(See Jenkins Case?I'ur 3?
AK I III U Hr.lNUr.KSUN
Park Hanger Arthur A. Hender
son. formerly stationed in the
ille District of the Blue Ridge
Parkway, hap replaced Ranger Bill
I Orr an the Soco-Heintooga and
Wagon Road-Beech Cap links of
the Parkway in Haywood County.
Mr. Orr is now in Washington.
D. C\, taking a seven-months train
ing course sponsored by the De
portment of the Interior.
Mr. Henderson is a native of
Minnesota and a graduate in for
estry and wildlife from the Uni
versity of Minnesota. He served
for five seasons with the U. S.
Forest Service in the west and has
been with the Park Service for
two and a half years, during whleh
time he has been stationed at Big
Bend National Park in Texas and
the Montebcllo iVa.ii district of
the Blue Ridge Parkway. He also
served with the Marine Corps for
three years during World War II.
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson reside
on Parkway property at Soco Gap.
A survey of healing plants in
i town will begin Monday. G. C.
i Ferguson, town manager announc
He said G. K. O'Neal, smoke spe
cialist of Asheville. would be here
and go over the program with Ben
Sloan, who has been named as in
spector for the Town.
Studies will be made of the heat
j ing plants that give off too much
I smoke, Ferguson said, and reeom
; mendations made to the owners for
correcting the system.
Officials here expect owners to
; cooperate in carrying out the ord
inance, because they pointed out.
I the excessive smoke is a menace
| to health and property. It was also
; pointed out that the heating plants
properly regulated rot only give
off less smoke, but actually means
a saving in fuel.
T< n member* "T the Waynes
ville Kiwanis Club were elected
?director* for 193J .11 a meeting of
the club Tuesday night at Spal
don'x. They were:
Roger Ammons, Enos Boyd.
Rufus Carswell. A. D. Harrison
Joe Howell. Andy Moody, Dr.
Wilfcon Nance, Ray Pleiness, Boh
Tippett. and Joe Todd.
Next Tuesday the club will elect
a president and vice president
from the 10 members nominated as
directors and the new board will
choose its secretary and treasurer
during the first meeting in 1936
I Mye Sheptowitch is the retiring
president of the Kiwanis Club.
| Critical Oi
I'he facts wc have in hand cun
| vincc us that certain groups in
1 Asheville are determined to con
tinue their policy of trying to de
lay action on the Pigeon River
Hoad as part of the interstate
sjstcm." Richard Bradley, presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce
j said this morning.
"This procedure by the Asheville
groups is nothing new. They have
; been following such a procedure
) for years, but we are now geared
up solidly in Haywood and adjoln
1 ing counties to present some facts
I - - - *ume hard facts that cannot be
| denied - - - and fight our case,"
President Bradley, in a full
page advertisement in this issue
I of The Mountaineer, reviews the
j history of the Pigeon River pro
ject, and the steps which Asheville
groups have taken on many occa
! sions to block construction of the
road. Bradley cites the latest ef
fort of sending a fuur-man dele
gation to Washington in an effort
1 to block the decision of the Bureau
of Public Roads on the interstate
"I look on their action as an
under-handed deal, especially
since they have been asking us to
join with them for regional de
velopment," Bradley said.
"1 further feel that they are
stepping out of bounds when they
try to assume the role of author
ities'on highway location and con
' struction," the local civic hoad
Bradley took critical issue with
au editorial in an Asheville news
paper. commenting: "in my opin
? ion, the editorial insinuated thai
j I he highway engineers are nol
I competent. I disagree on this, be
cause 1 know that the engineers
: are recognized as among the lead
ers in llieir field in Hie entire na
tion. R. Getty Browning, chief lo
cating engineer, and W..H. Rog
ers, Jr., chief engineer, have a na
tional reputation for being tops in
their field Only a short time ago
I lie Saturday Evening Post carried
| a lengthy article about Mr. Brown
' ing and his ability as a locating
engineer. All national highway
engineering groups recognize this
"Our district highway Commis
sioner. Harry Buchanan, on a trip
to confer with officials of the
Bureau of Public Roads in Wash
ington, did nol hear of any new
surveys being ordered. He knew
the original plans had been sent
to the division engineer in Atlanta
for study, which Is merely a rou
tine matter for the federal agency.
As for a new survey of the river
(See Dick Bradley?Page 3>
Pigeon River Was
By Late Col. Lee
Thf late Col. W. I. Lee. in
charge of the I. S. Bureau of
Public Roads. at Gatlinburg. and
for the Park, as far back as 1941
often said that "the Pigeon Riv
er route is the only logical route
IW the interstate highway from
Western North Carolina to East
This fact was brought to light
again today by Mrs. Lee. as she
recalled the Colonel's frequent
discussions of the project.
Col. Lee was also In charge
of the southern end of the Blue
Ridge Parkway, built the Wash
j ington to Mt. Vernon Parkway.
, and was a recognised national
i authority on highway construc
tion and locating.
To Hear Crane
At Camp Hope
Frank Crane. North Carolina's
commissioner of labor, will be the
principal speaker at the annual
picnic of Local 277. United Rubber
Workers Union, Saturday at Camp
Hope, according to Robert Hipps,
The program will begin at 10
1 a.m. and continue until late after
Also scheduled to speak are
representatives of the Internation
* al Rubber Workers Union from
Akron, Ohio. Entertainment will
' be provided by the Happy Good
man Family of Ashevtlle.
! The grounds will be open (o the
public after 2:30 pm.
"Our stale highway engineers
have all the information needed on
the two river routes from Western
North Carolina to East Tennessee."
Harry Buchanan, commissioner of
the 14th Highway Division said
this morning, "and I am suggest
ing that this vast store of informa
tion be carried to Washington and
presented the engineers in the
Bureau of Public Roads."
Commissioner Buchanan, just
back from Washington, said that in
the June meeting, when R. Getty
Browning, chief locating engineer
was asked if he felt a further sur
vey of the French Broad route was
"No other survey, either ground
or aerial, would provide us with
any more information than we al
ready have in hand about the
French Broad. We have TV A
aerial maps, and all necessary in
formation of the valley," he told
j the commission.
"Our request for the Pigeon Kiv
er Road to be designated as the
interstate route has been referred
to the Bureau, of Public Roads di
! vision engoneer, B. P. McWhorter,
| at Atlanta. This is merely routine,
und nothing unusual. The plans
have been sent to Mr. McWhorter
for his study, and as this is only
j routine procedure for the Bureau.
| naturally 1 have no objection,"
! Commissioner Buchanan said.
Commissioner Buchanan said he
felt certain, however, that Mc
Whorter would take into considera
tion the fact that both the North
Carolina and Tennessee Highway
(See Harry Bvehanan?Page 31
, Eight divorce cases have been
| granted during the civil term of
; Superior Court, which opened at
the courthouse Monday.
After a session Monday nnorn
i ing, court was adjourned by Judge
Dan K. Moore until this morning.
Cuses set Tuesday and Wednesday
were either settled out of court or
Clerk of Court J B. Siler said
' ai noon today that court probably
V/il close next Wednesday after
Divorces were grunted in the
George Howell Seay vs. Jane P.
Edith Payne vs. William K.
Viola Stamey Mann vs. Joyce
j Mary Jo H. Prebeck vs. Frank
James Sheehan vs. Ora Lee P.
Catherine G. Green vs. Burton
Edna Mae Hathbone Frazier vs.
I.. H. Frazier.
Sarah Sneed Beck vs. Sam Beck.
Jack Felmet To Head
FFA Chapter At WTHS
Jack Felmet of RatclifTe Cove,
has been elected president of the
| Future Farmers of America chap
1 ter at Wayncsville Township High
Also chosen as FFA officers for
the 1955-56 term were:
Donald Jordan, vice president:
; Tom Garrett, secretary: Phil
, James, treasurer; Charles McElroy,
' sentinal, and Verlin Edwards, re
John H. Neshitt. vocational agri
culture teacher, is advisor for the
WTHS chapter of FFA.
pt clothing for needy
* in Haywood Coun- I
? Closet has been un- 1
fr and warm today
fc some HUihood l,f
V by the State Teat
1 Ma*. Mln. Pr.
1 85 50
I IS SI
? 88 48
<1154 ? 2)
(1924 ? 33)
(This Information eem
piled from reeerds ml
State Highway Patrol.)